Indian university releases multilingual dictionary for comparative Buddhist studies – Buddhistdoor Global
The Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) in Pune, India has published a Dictionary of Buddhist Terms, a multilingual dictionary with Pali keywords as a base. The dictionary gives English, Sanskrit and Tibetan translations, all in Roman script, along with their respective textual attestations for scholars of comparative Buddhist studies.
The Indian Express newspaper reported with the publication of the third issue of the dictionary on March 9 that the Dictionary of Buddhist Terms would eventually become a volume of 50 fascicles. The first and second booklets were published last year. The publishers also plan to add definitions in Chinese, which they say will make the Dictionary of Buddhist Terms the only multilingual dictionary of its kind.
“We will soon add the Chinese language to the project and are looking for a suitable researcher to collaborate,” said Mahesh Deokar, professor and head of the department of Pali and Buddhist studies. “Also, we are planning to have this dictionary in Devanagiri and Tibetan scripts.” (The Indian Express)
Prof. Deokar, together with Dr. Lata Deokar, Snehal Kondhalkar and Prof. Maheshwar Singh Negi launched the Dictionary of Buddhist Terms project two years ago. Linguists said the dictionary would eventually be expanded to encompass the entire Pali alphabet.
Each issue contains 100 words, with three issues published to date containing a total of 300 words beginning with the letter “A”. In the next booklet, at least 300 additional words will be added.
“The book aims to be used simultaneously to trace the changing meanings of Buddhist terminologies across space and time,” SPPU said in a statement. “Furthermore, it can reveal both the common and unique vocabularies used in the Pali and Sanskrit Buddhist traditions.” (The Indian Express)
the Dictionary of Buddhist Terms is intended as a guide for scholars conducting comparative studies of various Buddhist traditions, using Pali, Sanskrit and Tibetan as the primary languages.
SPPU Vice Chancellor Prof. Nitin Karmalkar, who has worked extensively in Ladakh and interacted with Buddhist monks for surveys and research, said he believed the dictionary had the potential to attract attention. attention of scholars to literary works in the Tibetan language which are currently hidden in the many monasteries of Ladakh.
Professor Prasad Joshi, Vice-Chancellor of Deccan College and Sanskrit scholar, noted that the Dictionary of Buddhist Terms project makes significant contributions to the field of lexicography. For some years, Professor Joshi has also been working on compiling a Sanskrit dictionary.
“Around the world, there aren’t many lexicography projects going on, and compiling dictionaries is a lengthy process. We need to train more lexicographers and prevent this art from disappearing,” Prof Joshi said. He added that a digital edition of the Dictionary of Buddhist Terms would be made available to researchers worldwide. (The Indian Express)
Deshana, an Institute of Buddhist and Allied Studies, and the Khyentse Foundation launched this multilingual dictionary project in June 2020.
The Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, then known as the Department of Pali, was established in July 2006. Prior to its establishment, courses in Pali and Buddhist Studies were taught in the Department of Sanskrit and Prakrit Languages. The Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies is the only place under the jurisdiction of SPPU where students can study Buddhist literature in Pali, Sanskrit and Tibetan, from basic to advanced level.
Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies (SPPU)
The SPPU dictionary will have 50 booklets; Chinese to add (The Indian Express)
SPPU will publish a multilingual dictionary for comparative Buddhist studies on Wednesday (The Indian Express)
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